The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.

Frutas y Verduras Mexico

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Year the ngo or company was founded 2018
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Mexican food is commonly thought of as being heavy on meat and dairy. Yet the vast majority of indigenous people, the true guardians of culture are sustained by regional plant foods. Through culinary and gastronomy focused activities we impart this plant-based wisdom to travellers and expats. By building collaborations with bilingual hosts-guides-teachers, knowledgeable and skilled in culinary, gastronomy and/or cultural anthropology, we offer guided taste and culture experiences such as facilitated workshops giving a platform to indigenous locals; cooking classes for expats to familiarize them with using local plant ingredients; tasting tours for visitors that explore sustainable practices such as eating the weeds, using the whole plant. We aim to provide resources and experiential education to encourage foreign visitors and new residents to consume/shop locally, putting money into local hands; making an active contribution to indigenous food sovereignty; reinforcing connection to foods that contribute to better health and preservation of heritage and overall to be responsible as travellers and new residents. As intercultural exchange: currently, we offer a facilitated workshop in Merida giving a Mayan woman a platform to share plant-based recipes that are part of her community's daily diet. While she demonstrates preparations of indigenous ingredients, she, in turn, learns from foreign guests as they contribute ideas on how they might use the same ingredient in ways familiar to them (As in: "this reminds me of...")

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

Travellers and new foreign (affluent) residents have the power to make a daily contribution to the economic and personal health of the indigenous people who sell fresh fruits and vegetables for their livelihoods, by simply choosing to shop from them. By getting to know the unfamiliar plant-based options that are sold by vendors as street-foods, those who seek an "authentic experience" can actively make a difference. Mexico is plagued by chronic health problems, especially diabetes. Starting with the introduction of large animals for meat post-Colonization, and continuing through the centuries with industrialization, NAFTA, globalization, Mexico's poor have been further impoverished. As migrant money brings hard currency to traditional communities and Coke continues to maintain its stronghold, cheap convenience foods gain while communal farming suffers. Our target market are people who care about their own diets, the health of the planet, and are concerned about the poverty of Mexico's indigenous. Mexico is not seen as a vegetarian or vegan-friendly destination. We can change that view and do good with it. By maintaining contact with our guests through a Facebook group as well as mailings, we can obtain data through surveys, to potentially track behavioral changes before/after participating in an activity (eg: where they shop for produce: Costco, Walmart, or local Zapotec market vendor and what ingredients they buy) We see this model as having value in other parts of the world to preserve indigenous foodways, promote food sovereignty, and the health, well-being and cultural pride of those communities.

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Sustainability and future plans

This has been a bootstrapped business from its first stage: the creation of the eBook: "Frutas y Verduras - A Fresh Food Lover's Guide to Mexico" which I researched, wrote, photographed and designed with minimal assistance. I partially funded this through a crowdfunding campaign but largely with sweat equity". The tours and classes have depended on collaborations. The financing source then becomes the customer, whose bookings are slowly providing us with resources to further our activities. As we build credibility through positive reviews, we can grow by inviting more collaborations as well as appealing to more customers. As an organization, we wish to create a supportive environment so that collaborators can learn from one another and improve their offerings. Among the projects planned: -regional plant-based "scavenger hunt" apps that encourage travelers to seek out ingredients that can only be bought from locals. - a series of short videos that show this lesser known side of Mexico's gastronomy focused on concepts inspired by " la cocina del pobre" (AKA peasant food) such as foraging, eating the "weeds". (collaboration with NomadCook) - podcast series in collaboration with one of our guides (Culinaria Nacional - on Soundcloud)

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

In my experience as a citizen of this world, I have had several iterations. Now, I am 52. In my college studies, I obtained a BFA in Design. While my area of expertise was metal-smithing, I learned to create, ideate, analyze and solve problems in general. Now, this is referred to as "design-thinking". Craving more connection to people, and wanting to have more of an impact, after 18 years as a designer, I followed another interest that had been a sideline career: culinary. I made use of those skills to become a Personal Chef, for families with the objective to unify them at the table and for people with health issues. I took this same motivation with me to Mexico where I identified that the exchange of healthy foods between cultures and socio-economic groups had enormous potential to solve problems. I have learned by actively doing, interacting, researching and connecting without accolades, awards etc. I'm an AltMBA (Seth Godin) alumni, and recently completed The Business of Food Workshop led by William Rosenzweig (Republic of Tea) and that's where I find my tribe.

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June 26, 2019 14:20

Hello,

Dear friend, I am here to give you my continuous support to you and your great project.

Please, don't give up, fight until the end; it will worth.

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See you

June 26, 2019 13:11

Hello! Vote #36

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June 26, 2019 10:01

VOTE #35

Good day fellow entrepreneur!
How have your work been? We just want to let you know that no matter the struggle you are facing now to realize your idea, it's been a great thing!
Good luck in your Tourism Project Competition!

Here's our vote as our token of appreciation and support!

Wanna know more about us? Check our idea in Youth Idea Competition :)
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June 25, 2019 17:37

Hello! Vote #34

Dont stop when you are tired. Stop when you are done!

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June 25, 2019 14:28

VOTE #33 Greetings!

Whoa, a food tourism! That sounds truly interesting it makes us hungry!
Have you got Instagram page for your business? Social media nowadays without a doubt managed to skyrocket small ventures!
Good luck in the Best Tourism Project Competition 2019!

One of our core philosophy is that we believe that every ideas are valuable.
As a token of appreciation, we just voted for your idea #33. Do you know that we participate in the Best Idea Competition?
Let's support each other from now on! Wish the best for both of us :)

Check our idea here: https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14628/
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June 25, 2019 11:59

Hello

I hope you are doing fine. I have not seen you comment on fellow competitors posts.
You are missing out on the networking opportunities the platform has to offer.
Please get on board and lets get engaged , chat and support each other more often.
I hope to hear from you soon.

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June 24, 2019 06:24

Hello! Vote #32

Nice to see your project in Entrepreneurship Campus community! Let's continue supporting each other with votes and comments! =)

My project is to facilitate reintegration of the vulnerable people into society, by encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation, through an Ecological Community.
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/13160/

Have a great day!

June 23, 2019 14:27

Hello Friend!
I believe in this project! Continue to work. Spend a productive day on campus.
Together we can achieve change by creating a better world, giving people the opportunity to realize their greatest potential!

June 23, 2019 10:59

Hello! Vote #31

Nice to see your project in Entrepreneurship Campus community! Let's continue supporting each other with votes and comments! =)

My project is to facilitate reintegration of the vulnerable people into society, by encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation, through an Ecological Community.
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/13160/

Have a great day!

June 23, 2019 07:51

Vote no. 30

Wishing you a blessed and calm Sunday. Lets keep supporting each other. all the best

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June 22, 2019 07:48

Goodmorning
Vote no. 29

How are you finding time around the campus platform so far?

Lets keep supporting each other through teamwork. Have a great weekend..

Regards
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June 22, 2019 04:13

Hello!! Vote #28

I hope your project is one of the finalists of "Best Projects 2019" in Tourism Competition.

I count on your support for the Ecological Community PopulAction as one of the Best Ideas 2019 in Youth Competition!
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/13160/

My project is to facilitate reintegration of the vulnerable people into society, by encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation, through an Ecological Community.

June 21, 2019 07:27

Good morning

Vote 26

Thank your for supporting. I am here to support you as well with a vote and comment. All the best

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June 20, 2019 18:20

Hello

I have read through your idea. How do you plan to track trends in your market inorder to know your customer needs and apply those findings in your business?

With this information, i think you can always stay ahead of your competition and changing trends in the market.

Regards
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June 18, 2019 09:02

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June 16, 2019 12:19

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June 16, 2019 08:09

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June 15, 2019 20:31

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June 15, 2019 11:23

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June 15, 2019 11:23

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June 15, 2019 11:04

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June 14, 2019 12:08

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June 13, 2019 23:01

VOTE 21
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June 13, 2019 20:57

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June 13, 2019 19:23

Hello

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June 13, 2019 00:31

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June 12, 2019 20:34

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June 11, 2019 16:07

Hello

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I voted for you and hope you go through my idea and support it with a comment and vote for it

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June 10, 2019 12:56

Hello

I have read through your idea. How do you plan to track trends in your market inorder to know your customer needs and apply those findings in your business?

With this information, i think you can always stay ahead of your competition and changing trends in the market.

Regards
Mother Care App
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14382/

June 10, 2019 12:56

Hello

I have read through your idea. How do you plan to track trends in your market inorder to know your customer needs and apply those findings in your business?

With this information, i think you can always stay ahead of your competition and changing trends in the market.

Regards
Mother Care App
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14382/

June 9, 2019 23:10

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June 9, 2019 14:27

Hello
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June 8, 2019 14:08

Hello

Vote 16: your project is an amazing one. Let's continue to support each other. Please comment on my idea Mother Care app under the best ideas category

Best of luck
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June 8, 2019 07:20

Hello

It is a new a day lets keeping supporting each other

Here is my Idea "Investing in Digital Currency and Forex Market" https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/15363

Ray, wish all the best

June 6, 2019 16:47

Hi Margaret,

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You can also show your support on my project with a vote and comment at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/24/13054

Let us continue to walk side by side until the very end in support for one another.

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June 5, 2019 23:24

Hi, i believe we can help each other grow by commenting and voting one another, you have a fantastic idea and i will love to vote for you. Although i have exhausted my time today, i can vote tomorrow if you leave a comment on my idea and vote. Thank you https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/

June 5, 2019 20:31

Hello

Great project, well done and i wish you all the best.You can read my idea too "Waste papers recycling to useful products' and support it with a comment and vote https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/tumainisimon/ideas/my-ideas/14251/

June 5, 2019 09:27

voter 13

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Naemi Likius

June 3, 2019 17:33

Hi,

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June 3, 2019 08:06

Hi,
Your idea is great and I hope it has a great impact.

Lets Support each other. Can you please spare some time and vote for my idea STEP (Slums' Transformation & Empowering Population) in order to support slums and alleviate poverty.

Click on this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14234/ to vote.

Thank You

Best Regards,
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June 3, 2019 02:58

I am Impressed!!! truly amazing the way how you plan to solve social and economic problems through critical thinking, keep up.

If you may, please take a look at my ideia which is in the BEST IDEAS category.

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/15064/

Let us make a difference in the world!

May 28, 2019 17:31

Greetings,
Your project idea is so amazing!
I am so excited to share with you that my idea HERZ (Her Empowerment Race Zone) was accepted under the Best Ideas competition category. Please support me by reading, commenting and voting at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/15089/
Best,
Natasha Sichula
HERZ CEO